Tatton (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Tatton in Cheshire
Location of Cheshire within England
|Member of Parliament||Esther McVey (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Runcorn, Cheadle, Northwich and Knutsford|
|European Parliament constituency||North West England|
Members of Parliament
Tatton includes Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and other outlying villages, many of which have high property prices. The seat largely comprises prosperous villages and small towns set amidst Cheshire countryside, featuring country parks, hills, recreation grounds and golf courses. The area was previously dominated by countryside; however, since the 1950s, it has developed a largely built-up, suburban character, it being located on the fringes of Greater Manchester. The largest centres of population are Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Knutsford. Its proximity to Manchester means Tatton forms part of the commuter belt to the city.
During the 2016 EU membership referendum, the constituency voted to remain in the EU, despite both Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester voting to leave overall. The margin was 55.56% Remain over 44.44% Leave.
The constituency is the north-western part of the Cheshire East unitary authority, including the towns of Knutsford and Wilmslow, and a number of villages such as Alderley Edge, Chelford, Handforth and Mobberley, in Cheshire. It also covers a small, north-east, part of the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority, including some of the outskirts of Northwich.
2010–present: The Cheshire East wards of Alderley Edge, Chelford, Dean Row, Fulshaw, Handforth, High Legh, Hough, Knutsford Bexton, Knutsford Nether, Knutsford Norbury Booths, Knutsford Over, Lacey Green, Mere, Mobberley, Morley and Styal, and Plumley; and the Cheshire West and Chester wards of Barnton, Cogshall, Lostock and Wincham, Rudheath and South Witton, Seven Oaks and Marston, and Shakerley.
1997–2010: The Borough of Macclesfield wards of Alderley Edge, Dean Row, Fulshaw, Handforth, High Legh, Hough, Knutsford Nether, Knutsford Over, Knutsford South, Knutsford West, Lacey Green, Mere, Mobberley, Morley and Styal, Nether Alderley, and Plumley, and the District of Vale Royal wards of Barnton, Cogshall, Lostock Gralam, Marston and Wincham, Rudheath and Whatcroft, Seven Oaks, and Shakerley.
1983–1997: The Borough of Macclesfield wards of Dean Row, Fulshaw, Handforth, High Legh, Hough, Knutsford Nether, Knutsford Over, Knutsford South, Knutsford West, Lacey Green, Mere, Mobberley, Morley and Styal, and Plumley, and the District of Vale Royal wards of Barnton, Castle, Cogshall, Lostock Gralam, Marston and Wincham, Northwich, Rudheath and Whatcroft, Seven Oaks, Shakerley, Winnington, Witton North, and Witton South.
During the 1997 general election campaign, Tatton was one of the UK's highest-profile constituencies. Following Hamilton's implication in the Cash for Questions scandal of the 1990s, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats withdrew their candidates in favour of the former BBC journalist Martin Bell, who stood as an Independent, while those two parties supported his "anti-corruption" campaign. Bell was ultimately successful, with a majority of 11,077. Hamilton came second.
Having promised to serve only one term, Bell did not contest the seat at the 2001 election, and the seat was won by Conservative George Osborne with a majority of 8,611 (20.8%). Osborne held the seat at the 2005 election with an increased majority, and became the Shadow Chancellor that year. He held the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016, one of the highest frontbench government positions. Osborne served the seat until standing down at the 2017 election, having been announced as the new editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper in March of that year.
Esther McVey, who had been MP for nearby Wirral West from 2010 to 2015, was elected in 2017. McVey was the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle in January 2018, but resigned after concerns over May's plan of leaving the European Union in November 2018. McVey subsequently announced her candidacy for the Conservative Party leadership in 2019, but was knocked out in the first round, receiving the lowest number of votes of all ten candidates.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan Smith|
|Liberal Democrats||Gareth Wilson||4,431||9.0||+0.5|
|Conservative||George Osborne||26,552||58.6||+ 4.0|
|Labour||David Pinto-Duschinsky||8,311||18.3||+ 1.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Gareth Wilson||3,850||8.5||- 14.1|
|Conservative hold||Swing||+ 1.5|
|Conservative||George Osborne||24,687||54.6||+ 2.8|
|Liberal Democrats||David Lomax||10,200||22.6||+ 0.8|
|Labour||Richard Jackson||7,803||17.3||- 6.2|
|Independent||Sarah Flannery||2,243||4.9||+ 4.9|
|The True English (Poetry) Party||Michael Gibson||298||0.7||+ 0.1|
|Conservative hold||Swing||+ 1.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|Conservative||George Osborne||21,447||51.8||+ 3.7|
|Labour||Justin Madders||9,716||23.5||- 3.8|
|Liberal Democrats||William Arnold||9,016||21.8||+ 3.2|
|UKIP||Diane Bowler||996||2.4||+ 0.5|
|Independent||Michael Gibson||239||0.6||+ 0.6|
|Conservative hold||Swing||+ 3.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Ash||7,685||18.6||N/A|
|Independent Green||Peter Sharratt||734||1.8||N/A|
|Tatton Group||Vivianne Allinson||505||1.2||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing||+ 5.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||Neil Hamilton||18,277||37.5||- 17.6|
|Ind. Conservative||Sam Hill||295||0.6||N/A|
|Ind. Conservative||Simon Kinsey||184||0.4||N/A|
|Miss Moneypenny's Glamorous One Party||Burnel Penhaul||128||0.3||N/A|
|Albion Party||John Muir||126||0.3||N/A|
|Natural Law||Michael Kennedy||123||0.3||N/A|
|Lord Biro versus the Scallywag Tories||David Bishop||116||0.2||N/A|
|Ind. Conservative||Ralph Nicholas||113||0.2||N/A|
|Juice Party||Julian Price||73||0.1||N/A|
|Independent gain from Conservative||Swing||38.9|
|Conservative||Neil Hamilton||31,658||55.1||+ 0.5|
|Labour||Jonathan Kelly||15,798||27.5||+ 5.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Catherine Hancox||9,597||16.7||- 6.9|
|Feudal Party||Michael Gibson||410||0.7||+ 0.2|
|Conservative hold||Swing||- 2.7|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Bridie Gaskin||13,034||23.6||-l3.6|
|Feudal Party||Michael Gibson||263||0.5||N/A|
|Social Democratic||David Levy||13,917||27.2||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)
- "Historic England". list.english-heritage.org.uk.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- EU Ref Update – Gareth Wilson of Tatton Lib Dems
- "George Osborne to quit as MP for Tatton at election". BBC News. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
- "Brexit: Dominic Raab and Esther McVey among ministers to quit over EU agreement". BBC News. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- "Prospective General Election Candidates". Green Party. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
- "Politics lecturer to contest Tatton seat for Labour". Knutsford Guardian. 3 November 2019.
- "Tatton parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Tatton". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Data for the 2005 election are from the BBC.
- Data for the 2001 election are from United Kingdom Election Results.
- Data for the 1997 and 1992 results are taken from The Guardian.
- Data for 1983 and 1987 elections taken from Politicsresources.net - Official Web Site ✔
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Edinburgh South West
| Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Runnymede and Weybridge